The Tom-Walker

The Tom-Walker

by Mari Sandoz
     
 

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The patriarch, Milt Stone, who lost a leg fighting in Grant's army, is the Tom-Walker, circus slang for man on stilts. After the Civil War he takes his family west to the Missouri country. There he gains a reputation as a raconteur and as a passionate defender of the little man who works hard, fights the wars, and gets squeezed out by powerful interests. He lives to

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The patriarch, Milt Stone, who lost a leg fighting in Grant's army, is the Tom-Walker, circus slang for man on stilts. After the Civil War he takes his family west to the Missouri country. There he gains a reputation as a raconteur and as a passionate defender of the little man who works hard, fights the wars, and gets squeezed out by powerful interests. He lives to see his son and grandson fight in World War I and World War II, respectively, and return home from those wars, maimed like him, only to have to resume a fight just to stay alive.

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New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review

"Rich and warm and extravagant and deeply rooted in what her America has been and is."—New York Herald Tribune Weekly Book Review
New York Times

"A vigorous and thoughtful novel. "—New York Times
New Yorker

"There is a good deal of America in the book, and the narrative teems with violent energy."—New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803241503
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
10/28/1984
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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